Creative space calls for a creative solution

Manchester Makerspace upgrades security with a high-quality, end-to-end AXIS Companion surveillance solution

“Once we downloaded AXIS Companion software, boom! It came right up! I was able to figure it out by myself and easily see all our cameras. It’s very intuitive and I’m happy with the way it works and the safety and security the system provides us.” Steve Korzyniowski, Co-Founder, Vice President and Facilities Manager, Manchester Makerspace.


Manchester Makerspace is a collaborative organization that maintains a shared workspace in Manchester, New Hampshire, providing 24/7 access to 3D printers, woodworking, metal shops, and other resources, as well as training and mentorship programs. Because the organization’s do-it-yourself (DIY) surveillance system was not able to record video, it was impossible to ensure the safety of its members and security of high-value, potentially dangerous equipment. With this in mind, Manchester Makerspace sought a professionally installed system that could provide more reliability and effective security.


Working with Alarms of Berkshire County, Manchester Makerspace installed an AXIS Companion solution with seven IP cameras and one network video recorder. Deployed in strategic locations, cameras monitor the entrance area, 3D printers, metal and wood shops, as well as the exterior of the building, including an alley prone to graffiti and vandalism. Video is recorded 24/7, retained for 30 days, and can be accessed on demand from a PC or mobile device with the easy-to-use AXIS Companion video management software.


Based on the previous system’s inability to record video, the Axis solution was an immediate upgrade, providing greater awareness inside and outside the former industrial space. When graffiti or vandalism occurs, the organization can quickly access and provide relevant video to police for investigation. Inside the facility, the cameras have helped ensure those using equipment have received the required safety training, reducing the potential for accidents while also monitoring assets to discourage theft.

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